Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
Victoria Kuebler, Managing Editor
The sad and horrified reaction from the Cedar Crest community was almost immediate following the Boston Marathon tragedy this last Monday.
As spectators cheered on the finishing runners of the 26.2 mile race, two explosions, approximately 10 to 15 seconds apart around 2:50 p.m. completely changed the aura of one of America’s most prestigious races.
The explosions have resulted in currently over 140 injured and resulted in three deaths, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, and a Boston University graduate student from China who remains unidentified.
Alicia Rossman, a dietetic intern who is from the Boston area, had family who was with and knows the family who lost Martin. Rossman, though, did not personally know the family.
“My aunt was there and her husband’s college roommate was running,” said Rossman, “His wife and two kids were watching at the finish. The 8-year-old boy was the one who died and the sister lost a leg. And the mom is in surgery with no updates yet…to knowknow that a little boy was waiting for his daddy to cross the line is just so sad.”
While Allentown, PA may be about six hours away from Boston, Mass., some students had family and friends in the area of the explosions.
“My sister Jess was running the marathon for the third time,” said Rossman, “And my parents were there cheering her on.”
“I am from the area [and] I had friends who were in the grandstands and knew people who were 50 yards from the bombs,” said Tanya Tarnowski, a senior nursing major.
“My grandfather’s eye doctor was in the stands at the time. He was actually blown down by the blast, though he is okay now,” said Jess Gilman, a senior history major who lives about an hour away from Boston. “Because he’s a physician, he rushed to help as many people as he could. His daughter was in the race and she was uninjured as well.”
Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, were roaring with support for the victims of the unexpected explosions. Popular trending topics on Twitter included #BostonMarathon and #prayforboston. Other students found out about the explosions via text message or word of mouth.
“I found out about [the explosions] through CNN news and then through Twitter with the #prayforboston,” said Gilman.
For Rossman, she found out about the explosions from a close friend through text message while she was at one of her dietetic sites.
“I was in panic mode and tried calling my [parents] but got no answer,” said Rossman. “My parents always pick up their phone.”
Rossman started crying, but soon after her parents called her back while she was scrolling through Facebook to see the rest chaos.
“Those few minutes felt like forever. They said we are ok, mom is ok, and Jess is still running.”
Tons of pictures and videos have appeared online showing uninjured runners, police officers, and spectators showing extreme bravery as they sprinted towards the smoke seconds after the explosions to help those who suffered devastating and severe injuries as a result of what authorities have announced were homemade bombs.
“The ‘wicked’ amount of love this city has is unbelievable and the amount of love other cities, like New York [and] Chicago, are sharing with us is amazing,” said Tarnowski.
Many Bostonians are offering shelter, food, bathrooms, and many other amenities to visitors to the city or families who are displaced by the aftermath.
“I am so proud of people who are offering their homes and their support,” said Gilman. “It makes me so glad that humanity can still stand up and show that for every evil, there is even more good.”
But even with the support, this is another tragic event, leaving many people with permanent mental, emotional, and physical injuries.
“I am horrified,” said Gilman, “New England has been my home since birth and it was always a safe haven from the craziness of the outside world. Boston may be a city, but it still feels like a town and it’s unbelievable that something like this would happen there, especially with the Boston Marathon.”
“Unfortunately, it feels as if no matter what we do in today’s day and age you can never be too sure. To think of the amount of security there is at Marathon Monday, a holiday for Boston area schools, and how this situation still took lives is devastating,” said Tarnowski. “Keep praying for Boston.”